West Springfield M.S. students ordered to shelter in place following threat

Superintendent says "low-level threat" brought about response

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Students were ordered to shelter in place at West Springfield Middle School Monday afternoon, while police and firefighters investigated a possible threat to the building.

According to a message sent to parents from West Springfield Superintendent of Schools Michael Richard, the order was issued at around 12:35, and the school was searched by police and firefighters. Once everything was determined to be safe, the lockdown was lifted at around 1:20 P.M.

Richard told 22News that the threat was found written on a bathroom wall, likely at some point during the day on Monday. He said that it was a “low-level threat,” but in situations like these, they always have to follow protocols to ensure everyone is safe.

“We were fortunate that we were able to deal with this without incident,” Richard said.

The superintendent says that they are still looking into who was responsible for making the threat.

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